Nick was not invited to his country club's debutante ball. He signs Rose up to prove a point to the rich snobs. But she is depressed and going through a phase (Spasskism). The Foley household must give her a crash course in etiquette.
Spiro's Place, the girls' favorite malt shop, is being shut down to make way for a new development. Nick encourages the girls to protest until he learns that they are actually protesting his new project, the Foley Center.
Rose is determined to become a lifeguard. After failing her first test and being ridiculed by the instructor for being a "girl", Nick helps train her. She passes her second test, beating the time of all the male hopefuls. Thus gaining the respect of her instructor as well as her lifeguard certificate. Meanwhile Patty falls in love with a baseball loving, handsome older lifeguard. She decides to ditch her tomboy ways to win his attention, only to have her heart crushed when he begins dating her sister Diane.